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Grace 

God's love freely given to humanity for salvation. The term is from the Latin gratia, a "gift or favor freely given," translating the Greek NT charis. Various themes concerning grace have been emphasized since the NT. The Pauline epistles present grace as unmerited and effective as God's forgiving love for humanity. The Johannine scriptures present grace as God's indwelling of humanity. The western church has generally followed the Pauline emphasis in terms of grace as God's forgiveness of sin and healing of humanity for salvation. The eastern church has generally followed the Johannine emphasis of grace as bringing about divinization and human participation in the divine life for salvation. 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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